The Benefits Of Writing Without An Audience
There is a lot of content out there in the world. Some of it will get read and some of it will be neglected.
To the content that gets read, people may become a bit wiser. They may be able to connect with the writer and form a relationship through their work. They may even subscribe to their newsletter and get a lot of value.
But what happens to the posts that get neglected?
It can be a heart-wrenching experience. The worst fate of a writer. It’s better to be hated as opposed to being ignored.
So how exactly would someone get benefits out of being ignored? About having no readers ever look at their work?
There’s actually a lot. Provided that you do a little bit of soul searching and looking at the writing itself.
I haven’t told anyone this but I used to keep a diary a long time ago. I left it behind on a trip and never found it again but inside I had written about my days.
There was nothing really soul searching or philosophical about the writing. It was solely about my day and what I did that day.
I wrote innocently and with no clear intention of letting others read it. But that sort of behaviour eventually led me to my writing as I was going through college and through Katimavik.
I wrote about my day a little bit, but it was more focused on my mental health. I wasn’t focusing on the writing style but more of how I felt and what I was realizing through writing.
No one else has read that work and I still have that with me to this day.
But looking back at that work and searching through those emotions, there’s a few things that I can discover. The big thing being that I grew and developed myself, but I also wasn’t writing for an audience in mind other than for the sake and joy of writing.
The Joy Of Writing
Let me ask you something:
Why is it that you write?
For me, my writing is not only for the one person to read and find fulfilment, but to prove a point. All my life I’ve been working to prove points to people. Prove them wrong and be smug about it and all.
Even though by this point I’m not going to rub stuff in peoples faces, I still have points I want to prove. I still wish to write so that others feel empowered as well.
But the reason I know this is because I’ve looked at myself and my work. I realize that not all my work reflects those intentions. This means that my work needs to grow and develop.
You see, the audience is but one element of our growth. As writers we want people to see our work, however by writing with the sole intention of keeping it to ourselves we can see exactly what our writing is all about.
Setting aside the audience removes a variety of elements and lets us as writers look specifically at our craft and our development.
We get to compare our work with our intentions. Our why for writing and being a writer.
This is key because everything that we do is an extension of ourselves. From the business that we create down to the singular words that we put onto a page. All of it is significant to us and can impact other people based on that.
So if you don’t like your message or you feel lost, take the time to write for yourself. Buy a journal and write in it everyday. Have some philosophical questions to answer and write it out not for the sake of publishing, but to look at yourself.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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